King County, Washington (home of Seattle) has recently undertaken an in-depth look at the value that the county has received from their GIS investment. Professor Richard Zerbe from the University of Washington’s Center for Benefit-Cost Analysis conducted the study that spans from 1992 to 2010. The report totals the investment over this 18-year span at $201 million, and the benefits at $775 million.
Good news for Spanish-speaking readers interested in spatial analysis based on GIS applications. Our Training Manual on Spatial Analysis of Plant Diversity and Distribution, first published in 2010, is now available in Spanish.
Researchers have posted carbon stock data for the world's tropical forests on ArcGIS Online, a web-based mapping platform developed by Esri.
The data, based on satellite measurements from NASA including LiDAR and
MoDIS data as well as on-the-ground field measurements, reveals the biomass of tropical forests at a 500-meter resolution, the highest resolution ever published on a global scale. Rainforests in the Amazon, Borneo, New Guinea, and the Congo Basin are particularly carbon-dense, reflecting the importance of conserving these areas for climate change mitigation efforts.
I’m excited to bring you the first in my blog series with GIS colleagues in Maryland. As I have been working in the GIS field for 10 years in Maryland, I have met some interesting, talented, inte... (RT @TUOutreach: Do you love #GIS?)
"I believe we’re going to look back in a hundred years and recognize that we lived in a time where several of the most important technologies ever devised were invented – specifically the Internet, Global Positioning Systems, and wireless networking..."
Safe Software, the pioneering global leader in the spatial data transformation technology market, released its flagship product, FME 2012. This release of FME Desktop and FME Server introduces new tools for overcoming data challenges so that data can be used and shared precisely where, when and how it’s needed.
FME 2012 offers new capabilities in response to market needs that are unmatched by any other technology. Now supporting over 275 formats, FME 2012’s enhancements provide faster, simpler ways to transform data to use and share, and include:
New Formats: New support for 16 new formats including: compressed point cloud LAZ format and Oracle Spatial Point Cloud; AIXM 5.1, INSPIRE, OpenGIS® CityGML 1.1, and Top50NL XML formats; Microsoft® DirectX®, and PREGASIS® OpenFlight 3D formats; Google Fusion Tables, and many more.
Point Cloud / LiDAR Data: Ability to transform billions of points in one workflow, and enhanced abilities to extract the precise subset of a point cloud dataset that is needed.
XML Data: New and enhanced transformation capabilities make it even easier to read, write, and prepare XML data – both the geometries and the geospatial components – without requiring knowledge of scripting languages.
3D Data: Enhancements include making 3D clipping z-aware, making it easier to work with 3D local coordinate systems, and enhanced surface modeling, all in response to customer requests.
In recent years, managing these ecosystems has become increasingly challenging. Drought, wildfire, habitat fragmentation, contaminants, invasive species, disease, and a rapidly changing climate have begun to threaten human populations, as well as native species and their habitats. To plan for this uncertainty, a dedicated group of ecologists is using ArcGIS, statistical analyses, and a GeoDesign workflow to measure the impact of potential land-use change before it happens.
More than one year ago news about Pyton in GIS caused mixed reactions. GIS expertes used specific programs ArcInfo, ArcEdit etc. for their GIS analysis. With a great scripting language that not only can replicate those AML workflows of the past, but brought in new tools that can help get the work done faster. That would be Python. There is no reason why you shouldn’t close out your ArcGIS Toolbox window and start using ArcPy, they say at Spatially Adjusted.
23 February 2012 The Power of GIS and Remote Sensing…Together in a Single Solution. This webinar is targeted to geospatial data analysts who incorporate remotely sensed imagery into their workflows. During this webinar, we will show the benefits of this cohesive image processing and GIS product pairing, focusing on workflows that can process large volumes of imagery, precision terrain data and vector-based geospatial information to update GIS and CAD resources.
I think the debate surrounding whether GIS is a tool or a science may have been blown out of proportion in the field of GIS. In fact, I particularly agree with the idea put forth in GIS: Science or Tool?
US National Agricultural Library (NAL) is committed to providing open access to scientific information in the fields of agriculture, food, and the natural resources.
AgSpace ensures perpetual storage of and access to the agricultural and related scientific literature, thus supporting the library's commitment to advancing global access to information. As it develops, the repository will add a variety of media (maps, datasets, presentations, pictures, videos, and more) from a wide range of sources.
With the combining increasingly of the Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) technologies with the modern network communication technology, some unique advantages have been displaying in the monitoring, forewarning and disaster...
RS and GIS technologies were used in processing of professional meteorological data like MODIS remote sensing images, the doppler radar echoes and the Meteoroloical Information Collecting, Analyzing and Processing System (MICAPS). The system is based on WebGIS and is convenient for the use of the agro-meteorological professionals, who use biological data and monitor weather diseaster events like spring frost, heal and drought. For some model crops some object-oriented user interfaces were developed with functions of the database management, data querying, map displaying, graphics rendering, spatial analysis, the professional data processing, information extraction, figure and table output.
Amsterdam, 23 - 27 April 2012: Knowledge Sharing through a diverse set of sessions- Exchange Forums, Plenaries, Symposia, Seminars, and Workshops.
Geospatial World Forum is a platform of convergence for all stakeholders of global geospatial community, policy makers and end users of geospatial information. Geospatial World Forum is a confluence of a variety of activities in the form of plenary, symposia, seminars, workshops, panel discussions, exchange forums- covering the vast gamut of technology, application, policy, use cases from the region and from across the world. The Forum will also host a number of additional events in parallel by its partners like board meetings, executive meetings, user meetings, partner/reseller meetings and so on.
ESRI: Global Footprint Network investigates how much credit we have at the Earth. Available biocapacity or Earth’s bounty is like a bank account, which is recharged, for instance by sun-powered plant growth. Against this account, we—as individuals, as nations, and as a global community—are constantly making withdrawals.
According to these calculations, on a worldwide basis we’re spending more than what nature can renew. Explore a full-page version in original article for wour part of the world.
Esri Federal GIS Conference will be held on February 22–24 in Washington, DC. This event will bring together over 2,700 federal government professionals who use Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology in nearly every agency. Specialized technical sessions will be offered for web and mobile application developers.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will conduct satellite mapping to ascertain the exact ground impact of afforestation projects implemented across the State during past two decades. The Government intends to demarcate the total area under green cover and initiate preventive measures to save it from further encroachments.
Forest officials will be trained about the usage of the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other technical equipment, which will be used in state wide survey. The recorded forest area of Jammu and Kashmir is 20,230 square km, but only 54 % of total area reported for land utilization is covered by forests.
The main threat are forest fires, which could increase with climate change and global warming and cause further environmental degradation across the region.
"The scope of this paper is to present an efficient two-level caching strategy for raster data and an acceleration of selected raster operations using the GPU, which were implemented as a plugin for the open source software GRASS."
Mathias Steinbach and Reinhard Hemmerling. Accelerating batch processing of spatial raster analysis using GPU. Computers & Geosciences, 2011. [doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2011.11.012]
3-GIS to Release TIMS 5.1 at the EPRI Inspection and Assessment Task Force MeetingPR.com (press release)3-GIS, a GIS software solutions company based in Decatur, AL, will release Version 5.1 of the Transmission Inspection & Maintenance System (TIMS),...
To enhance the success of prevention and management actions, we recommend (a) advancing technologies for molecular identification, expert systems, and remote sensing; (b) evolving approaches for ecosystem and landscape management; and (c) better anticipating interactions between species invasions and other global change processes.
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